Posted 04 December 2011 - 05:18 PM
Are those expectations positive or negative? Does the Church meet them either way? Would you be more or less inclined to listen to the good news of Jesus Christ's resurrection if they did?
What would the Christian church need to do to engage with you?
Posted 04 December 2011 - 07:36 PM
My expectations of Christians are positive. I expect them to live a life of purity but not isolation. I expect them to give generously to the poor and not seek the approval of the financial and political elite. I expect them to stand up for what is right, true and just. Finally I expect Christians to study and understand what it is they believe in and have a strong scriptural foundation for their Faith.
I feel that most churches meet at least one of my expectations. Sadly, however, it is often at the expense of all the others.
I believe that if churches and individual Christians can put into practise the perfect religion of Christ as put forward through the Bible then their ability to and effectiveness in engaging the world will be greatly increased.
Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:03 PM
Posted 10 December 2011 - 12:50 PM
He'd be hanging out with prostitutes, drug dealers, thieves, and homeless people.
I respect Christians who spend time with people who society casts away, and their own religion condemns. I have a great deal of respect for Christians who treat these people with selfless love and compassion. And who doesn't try to preach to them, or "save" them, but just simply treats them with love and compassion.
I have no respect for any religious practitioner of any religion who practices hatred, judgement, condemnation, and violence.
Edited by Holiday, 10 December 2011 - 12:51 PM.
Posted 10 December 2011 - 01:14 PM